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Pizza and Powerboat Ride

26th-26th May 2017

Venue: Studland Bay

Address: Studland, BH19 3AQ

Go on a powerboat ride around Studland Bay and see Old Harry Rocks up close followed by a pizza cooked in Knoll Beach Café's outdoor wood fired oven. For details call 01929 450500.

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Around the World with Russell Cotes

27th May-4th June 2017

Venue: Russell Cotes Art Gallery

Address: East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth, BH1 3AA

Website: www.russellcotes.com

Featuring half term activities with an ‘Around the World’ theme.

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Kingcombe Arts Weekend

27th-29th May 2017

Time: From 10am to 4pm

Venue: The Kingcombe Centre

Address: Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ

Website: www.kingcombe.org

Experience the myriad of colours as the meadows at Kingcombe come into bloom. During the weekend there will be art exhibitions, events and family activities. 

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May Half Term at the Tank Museum

27th May-3rd June 2017

Venue: The Tank Museum

Address: Wareham, BH20 6JG

Website: www.tankmuseum.org

Featuring tanks in action displays, vehicle rides, firepower themed activities and tonnes of fun for families.

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Medieval Falconry

27th-27th May 2017

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham, BH20 5EZ

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Explore an exciting period when falconry was considered a stylish, sophisticated and noble sport with new skills brought back from the crusades. Call 01929 481294.

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Melon Madness at Monkey World

27th-29th May 2017

Venue: Monkey World

Address: Wareham, BH20 6HH

Website: www.monkeyworld.org

A free Monkey World badge will be given to every child who takes a melon for the primates over the bank holiday weekend.

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Pirate Week at Crealy

27th May-4th June 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Enjoy an adventure with the Crealy Pirates! Take a ride on The Flying Dutchman, enjoy the all-new live pirate show, and meet Captain Crealy. Plus, there will be a fancy-dress competition with a chance...

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Rockpool Ramble

27th-27th May 2017

Time: From 2.30pm to 4pm

Venue: Kimmeridge Bay

Address: Wareham, BH20 5PE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Join the warden to discover what fascinating seashore wildlife can be spotted at this fantastic rockpooling site. Learn about the bizarre lives of the sea snails and crafty crabs. Follow the Seashore Code...

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Roller Coast Roller Rink

27th May-4th June 2017

Venue: BIC Purbeck Hall

Address: Bournemouth, BH2 5BH

Website: www.bic.co.uk

Get your skates on for the rockin’, rollin’ Roller Coast Roller Rink, returning during May half term. Whatever the weather - zoom around the rink to all the latest chart topping hits.

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Fleet Lagoon Seashore Safari

28th-28th May 2017

Time: From 2pm to 3.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT3 9XE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Hunt for the marine wildlife which calls the shores their home. Look out for the tell-tale tracks and signs of hidden species. Cost: Adults £3 Children £2, must be accompanied. For details...

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Have a Go at Archery

28th-28th May 2017

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Learn the basic skills needed to be an archer, then give it a go and see if you can hit the target. For children aged 4 years+. Call 01425 470721.

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Seashore Explorer Week

28th May-3rd June 2017

Venue: Studland Bay

Address: Studland, BH19 3AQ

Discover the hidden secrets of the seashore throughout May half term at Studland. For details call 01929 450500.

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Chesil Wildlife Photography Fun Day

30th-30th May 2017

Time: From 10am to 12.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT3 9XE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Photograph a range of wildlife such as insects, flowers and marine animals, and the landscape too. Get lots of top tips to get the perfect shot. Cost: Adults £5, Children £3, must be accompanied. For...

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Junior Deep Sea Fishing Trip

30th-30th May 2017

Time: 9am to 1pm

Venue: Lyme Regis Harbour, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QD

Website: www.lymefishing.org.uk/juniorboat

A deep sea fishing trip for children aged 9-16 years. All tackle, bait and tuition will be provided. Cost: £20 per person. Booking essential. Organised by Lyme Regis Sea Angling Club.

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Pond Dipping

30th-30th May 2017

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Join the Rangers to discover what creatures like to live in the pond. Grab a net and see how many different creatures you can find. All equipment will be provided including nets, trays, bug pots and identification...

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Peculiar Pond Life

31st-31st May 2017

Time: From 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork and play games. Cost: £3 per child, must be accompanied. Booking essential - contact 01305 816546.

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Raph and Leo

31st-31st May 2017

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

Stand back and expect to be blown away with Raph and Leo’s return. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Raph and Leo will be appearing at 10.15am, 11.15am, 1pm, 2pm and 3.45pm at the meet and greet area.

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Water Festival

31st-31st May 2017

Time: From 10am to 4pm

Venue: The Ham

Address: Blandford Forum, DT11

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

A festival celebrating the rivers, wetlands and seas. Discover what happens when it rains, make a dragonfly for free, and try out a working model of a water catchment area. Discover what lives in your...

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Wildlife Wednesday

31st-31st May 2017

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Go nuts about nature with the Rangers to find and learn more about wildlife. Explore habitats to learn about different animals including newts, frogs, grasshoppers, butterflies, worms and woodlice.

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Forest Fun

1st-1st June 2017

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Head into the forest for some outdoor fun. Build a den using ponchos, make a headdress, create a forest friend, and weave a willow wand to take home.

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Seashore Superheroes

1st-1st June 2017

Time: From 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT3 9XE

Become a seashore superhero and learn how to protect the local wildlife by completing a series of challenges to become a masked hero! Cost: £2 per child. For details call 01305 206191.

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Symondsbury Summer Fayre

1st-1st June 2017

Venue: Manor Yard

Address: Symondsbury, DT6 6HG

A traditional fair including donkey rides, face painting, a falconry display, a bouncy castle, live music, a reading tent/area for children, candy floss and popcorn, horse and cart rides plus a variety...

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Beautiful Butterflies

2nd-2nd June 2017

Time: From 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork along the theme of butterflies. Cost: £3 per child, must be accompanied. Booking essential - contact 01305 816546.

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The Big Wild Sleepout at RSPB Arne

2nd-3rd June 2017

Time: 5pm to 10am

Venue: RSPB Arne Nature Reserve

Address: Arne, Wareham, BH20 5BJ

Website: www.rspb.org.uk

Camp out in the wild on the spectacular Arne reserve. Take your tent, go out on a guided night walk, enjoy food cooked over the fire and wake up in a truly beautiful corner of Dorset. Booking essential....

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Butterflies and Moths

4th-4th June 2017

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Empty the moth trap to take a closer look at some of the creatures caught overnight. Get close to some of these secretive creatures and learn about the differences between moths and butterflies.

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Pop in the Park at Crealy

4th-4th June 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Pop in the Park will see some of the UK's top tribute acts take to the stage at Crealy with each act performing three 10 minute sets throughout the day. Enjoy tribute performances from: Rihanna and Black...

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Member’s Camping Weekend at Crealy

9th-11th June 2017

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

A special camping weekend for Crealy members. Book a pitch and enjoy an unforgettable camping break. Plus, there will be a full programme of evening entertainment with the Show Team taking place in the...

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Christchurch Cheese and Chilli Festival

10th-11th June 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Parley Green

Address: Christchurch, BH23 6BB

Website: www.cheeseandchillifestival.com

Featuring a full programme of entertainment, live music, Falconry displays, magic shows, Punch and Judy, stunt shows, fun rides, demonstrations and tastings. There will be children’s activities on...

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Eco-Crabbing

10th-10th June 2017

Time: From 2.30pm to 4pm

Venue: Fine Foundation Marine Centre

Address: Kimmeridge Bay, Wareham, BH20 5PE

Learn how to catch and handle seashore crabs without harming them. Discover the different types of crab as well as lots of fun, crabby facts. Cost: £4 per child. This event is weather dependent -...

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Peter Pan

10th-10th June 2017

Venue: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

Address: Poole, Lighthouse, BH15 1UG

Website: www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer. A riot of magic, music and make-believe - a delight for children and adults...

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Summer Steam Gala

10th-11th June 2017

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

The biggest railway event of the year. Enjoy a weekend full of steam; traction engines, visiting locomotives, exhibitions and much more.

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Swanage Fish Festival

10th-11th June 2017

Venue: Prince Albert Gardens

Address: Swanage, BH19 1LB

Website: www.swanagefishfest.org

Celebrate all things ‘fishy’ with a festival that features food, fishing and fun. Includes live music, cooking demonstrations and entertainment for all the family.

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

10th-11th June 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

A fun-filled adaptation of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, brought vividly and noisily to the stage. Join the intrepid family of adventurers on their quest to find a bear. Expect catchy songs, interactive...

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Bridport Food Festival

11th-17th June 2017

Venue: Various Venues

Address: Bridport, DT6

Website: www.bridportfoodfestival.co.uk

The town and surrounding area will be celebrating local food and drink. Includes a taste trail, a children’s marquee, hands-on cooking workshops, a pre-school play kitchen, café area and a...

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Junior Park Run

11th-11th June 2017

Time: From 9am to 10am

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

A fun, free 2K timed run for children aged 4 to 14 years, organised by Parkrun volunteers.

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Kingston Maurward Open Day and Country Fair

11th-11th June 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Kingston Maurward

Address: Dorchester, DT2 8PY

Website: www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens

A fun packed family fun day, showcasing student work and giving members of the public an opportunity to experience new skills in free taster sessions. Plus, there will be crafts and a Novelty Dog Show....

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Open Farm Sunday

11th-11th June 2017

Venue: Washingpool Farm

Address: Near Bridport, DT6 5HP

Website: www.bridportfoodfestival.co.uk

Discover at first-hand what it means to be a farmer and find out more about the fabulous work they do to produce food and enhance the countryside. Part of the Bridport Food Festival.

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Roller Disco

11th-11th June 2017

Venue: Weymouth Pavilion

Address: The Esplanade, Weymouth, DT4 8ED

Get your skates on as the Roller Planet roller disco is going to Weymouth. All ages welcome - great fun for all the family. Entry just £5.50 per person with optional £1 skate hire. Call 01305 783225.

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Member’s Camping Weekend at Crealy

16th-18th June 2017

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

A special camping weekend for Crealy members. Book a pitch and enjoy an unforgettable camping break. Plus, there will be a full programme of evening entertainment with the Show Team taking place in the...

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Dazzling Dragonfly Trail

17th-17th June 2017

Time: From 10.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Follow the trail; look for clues to find some sizzling butterflies. Cost: £1 per child. Contact 01305 816546.

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Harry Paye Day

17th-17th June 2017

Venue: Poole Quay

Address: Poole, BH15 1HJ

Website: www.piratesofpoole.co.uk

Poole's annual celebration of its favourite pirate son, Harry Paye. This popular shindig gets under way with a Parade of Pirates along Poole Quay. Lots of fun to be had for all pirates young and old.

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Celebrate Father’s Day at Monkey World

18th-18th June 2017

Venue: Monkey World

Address: Wareham, BH20 6HH

Website: www.monkeyworld.org

Let dad monkey around at Monkey World this Father’s Day.

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Father’s Day at Farmer Palmer’s

18th-18th June 2017

Venue: Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Address: Organford, Poole, BH16 6EU

Website: www.farmerpalmers.co.uk

Treat Dad to a fun family day out on the farm. There will be free entry for dads on Father's Day (when accompanied by a paying child). Download the voucher from the website. For details call 01202...

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Feel Good Festival

24th-24th June 2017

Venue: Boscombe Beach

Address: Undercliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH5 1BN

An all-day festival on Boscombe Beach including a kids/family Zumba, live music, stalls and refreshments. Call 01202 712864.

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Midsummer Meadows Weekend

24th-25th June 2017

Venue: The Kingcombe Centre

Address: Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ

Website: www.kingcombe.org

Celebrate 30 years of Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve with a weekend of family events and local produce. Bask in the stunning setting of wildflower meadows.

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Midsummer Paddle

24th-24th June 2017

Venue: Studland Bay

Address: Studland, BH19 3AQ

Enjoy an evening kayak out to Old Harry Rocks on one of the longest days of the year followed by a barbecue on the beach courtesy of Knoll Beach Café chefs. For details call 01929 450500.

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Tankfest 2017

24th-25th June 2017

Venue: The Tank Museum

Address: Wareham, BH20 6JG

Website: www.tankmuseum.org

Tankfest brings the story of tanks, tank crew and soldiers to life. Witness a thrilling live display of historic armour, living history and much more. Early booking is advisable.

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Great Chesil BioBlitz

25th-25th June 2017

Time: From 10.30am to 4pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT3 9XE

Hunt for shark eggcases, marine animals on the seashore and different types of seaweed. Join in with a butterfly, pink sea fan or wildflower survey, or go bird watching. Help wildlife experts and scientists...

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Purbeck Pirate Festival

30th June-2nd July 2017

Venue: Various venues

Address: Swanage, BH19 1LB

Website: www.visit-dorset.com

A festival featuring stalls, pirates, entertainment, music and more. Go onboard The Frigate Shtandart and experience how it feels to stand on the deck of a 1703 frigate.

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Camp Bestival

27th-30th July 2017

Venue: Lulworth Castle

Address: East Lulworth, BH20 5QS

Website: www.campbestival.net

Kids are king at Camp Bestival where there will be a mass of activities for children. Includes Mr Tumble, Dick and Dom, Big Fish Little Fish, Mister Maker and School of Rock – The Musical. Plus,...

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